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6 Female African Filmmakers Redefining African Cinema

Filmmaking is by no means new to Africa, but the advent of streaming and other factors have resulted in women playing a more prominent role and reshaping the industry. Whether it be the quality of production, or the stories being told, women are changing the complexion of African cinema and elevating it to new heights.     Remi Vaughan-Richards is a Nigerian director, costumier, and storyboarder who combines her love for filmmaking with preserving cultural heritage. Wanuri Kahiu is a Kenyan film director, producer, and author whose filmmaking career began by interning for F. Gary Gray’s office in the early 2000s. Christa Eka Assam is a Cameroonian writer, director, producer, and actress. Before breaking into directing, the filmmaker’s maiden interest lay in acting. Nigerian producer, screenwriter, and director Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim is one of the filmmakers at the forefront of queer Nollywood. Kemiyondo Coutinho Los Angeles-based Ugandan playwright, actress, and filmmaker. She made her way into the film industry with her directorial debut Kyenvu.